Genesis 1:29

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Genesis 1:29, an LGBT-friendly feminist vegetarian restaurant, opened at 12200 Euclid Avenue in late 1970. Named after the Bible verse Genesis 1:29 (“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth…“), Genesis 1:29 was the first vegetarian restaurant to open in Cleveland. Genesis’ six co-owners – Jimmy Achtenburg, Jim Bonner, Danny Butler, Joey Good, Michael Overholser, and Todd Winship – operated the restaurant as a collective and frequently regularly with local health food stores and organizations to produce the restaurant’s menu items. Genesis’ menu featured a variety of house-made vegetarian meals, the majority of which included a combination of brown rice, “fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and homemade bread.” Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Genesis 1:29 served as a meeting spot for numerous LGBT+ and feminist individuals, groups, and organizations.

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  • “A Coming of Age.” Plain Dealer. July 12, 1978.
  • Beighle, Janet. “Vegetables Are Fine – With A Protein Bracer.” Plain Dealer. December 9, 1971.
  • French, Janet Beighle. “Goodness In A Bowl.” Plain Dealer. June 25, 1978.
  • Hirschfield, Mary. “Mary Hirschfield Hears.” Plain Dealer. May 18, 1973.
  • Listed in Gay People’s Chronicle Resource Directory.
  • “Odds’n’Ends…” High Gear. March 1978. Page 18.
  • Strang, Jim. “Vegetarians No Longer Kook Group.” Plain Dealer. June 8, 1975.
12200 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

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